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It’s Not Just a Rocking Chair

“When I first visited the home, Naomi* couldn’t sit still. She was always moving and very agitated,” said Kimberly Witt, Advocate Supervisor for CASA of McLennan County. Naomi was removed from her home due to abuse and neglect when she was two and a half years old. For the next year and a half, she… Read more »

47,913 Texas children in foster care need our support

As a child, I intuitively understood that the “negative” behaviors of others were often a response to feelings of fear and pain. I cannot recall anyone explicitly sharing this information with me, yet this basic understanding of human behavior informed how I decided to treat others — with kindness, compassion, and hope. Furthermore, this basic… Read more »

Foster care is one family’s legacy

Caring for kids in foster care is a part of Lizzie Allen’s family heritage. Lizzie’s grandmother, Marguerite “Peggy” Terbrack, always wanted 12 kids but only had nine. So, she and her husband decided to become foster parents in 1973. She continued fostering for two decades after her husband died in 1987, and only stopped fostering… Read more »

From Russia with Love: Baylor student advocates for foster children

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) all have their own story about how they became advocates. Not all of them start in Russia. Sasha Messer is a senior psychology major at Baylor University, but when she was 4 years old, she and her brother were adopted from Russia. She grew up in Dallas and says it… Read more »

Foster Care to Adoption: Our family’s story is unique and precious

November is National Adoption Month. CASA volunteers stay by a child’s side throughout the case, advocating first for reunification with the child’s parent(s) when safe and possible. If reunification is not safe or possible, CASA volunteers will advocate for the child to be adopted by, or live with, other relatives or family friends. If that… Read more »

The Invisible Struggle of Kids in Crisis

Any given day in McLennan County around 700 children are in foster care. Out of those, CASA has an advocate working with around 240 of them. CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocate.” The court assigns CASAs to advocate for the best interest of the child or children in CPS cases. Putting Yourself In Their… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight – Anthony Green

Anthony Green’s CASA Supervisor says “Anthony is incredibly dedicated to help his four CASA siblings (elementary age to teenagers) secure a safe and permanent home all together with a family member.  Anthony goes above and beyond in encouraging the caregivers’ strengths, as well as finding solutions to their needs, and this shows how much he… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight – Molly Winn

Molly Winn, our CASA volunteer spotlight for August 2018, has gone above and beyond to change the life of a foster youth.  Self described as under-qualified and extremely qualified at the same time, her CASA Supervisor notes that she loves big and gives big and she is really committed to making sure her CASA child’s… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight – Melissa Urteaga

Melissa Urteaga is a true go-getter. When she is not busy interning for CASA, she also holds down a full time job with the City of Waco and stays active in her daughter’s life – in 15 years of softball for her daughter, Melissa has NEVER missed a game! She is a joy to have in the… Read more »